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Jony Ive's promotion: first step toward his retirement, or bigger things in store at Apple?

First step toward retirement, sadly.
I'm betting bigger things in store!
Much ado...guy getting well deserved break, nothing more.


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Jony Ive's promotion: first step toward his retirement, or bigger things in store at Apple? Vote for the results in the left column below or go straight to the results here.

Thursday Highlights: The Wall Street Journal reports that the appeals court denied Apple's motion to remove infamous court-appointed e-book anti-trust monitor Michael Bromwich— with a nice summary of the appellate court's criticism of Bromwich by Philip Elmer-Dewitt at Fortune; Following their recent collaboration with Apple on Enterprise iPad apps, IBM allows employees to choose Macs for the first time; Bob Cringely looks at the Apple TV's 4K Future; More on the automobile as the Ultimate Mobile Device; The Mac Night Owl analyzes some of the possibilities of Jony Ives' promotion, while Seeking Alpha sees it as a demotion, and John Gruber at Daring Fireball provides a thorough analysis; AppleInsider provides a career retrospective of Sir Jony; In OS X news, Amsys looks at the first year of Apple's popular Swift programming language; Bare Feats provides some interesting benchmarks in a comparison of the Best MacBook Pro and the Best iMac; Meanwhile, in other industry news, at Google's IO Conference they unveil unlimited photo and video storage.

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Apple/Macintosh
  • "Court Rejects Apple's Bid to Shake Off Corporate Monitor: Michael Bromwich's role as Apple monitor is 'appropriately constrained,' court says" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 4:08 PM
  • "Here's where Apple's antitrust monitor crossed the line"  Fortune 7:06 PM
  • "Appeals court denies Apple's bid to remove antitrust monitor in e-books case"  AppleInsider 2:37 PM
  • "Appeals Court Rejects Apple's Request to Remove iBooks Antitrust Monitor" The Mac Observer 4:08 PM
  • "Apple TV's 4K Future" ["Let's say Apple sells five million Apple TVs per year at $79 wholesale for gross hardware revenue of just under $400 million annually. While $400 million sounds like a lot, for a company with Apple's fiscal 2014 sales of $182 billion, it's at best a rounding error, if that -- just over two tenths of a percent of total sales. So in an MBA textbook sense the Apple TV wasn't (and isn't) worth doing. The business simply isn't big enough to bother."]  I, Cringely 8:05 AM
  • "Google and Apple Adjust Strategies on Mobile Payments" ["Apple is preparing to announce details about enhancements to Apple Pay at its software conference next month. Those include a rewards program for the mobile wallet service, said two people briefed on the product."]  New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:11 AM
  • "Apple knocks Google off perch, snags top spot in worldwide brand value" ZDNet 8:19 AM
  • "Report: Apple Taking On Google Now With Smarter iOS Spotlight" Forbes 7:50 AM
  • "Following Apple partnership, IBM now offering employees Macs for the first time"  9to5Mac 2:43 PM
  • "IBM gives workers choice between Macs or PCs, plans to deploy 50,000 Apple MacBooks" AppleInsider 2:44 PM
  • "Apple Acquires Augmented Reality Company Metaio"  TechCrunch 6:24 PM
  • "Apple picks up AR firm Metaio" Six Colors 6:24 PM
OS X
AppleCare/Troubleshooting
  • "Turn off the auto-fill option in Photos projects: Photos can automatically select and place pictures within projects you create. To turn off this option while you work on a project, follow these steps." Apple Support 3:32 PM
  • "How to recover your recording if GarageBand crashes" iDownload Blog 8:20 AM
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "How to run advanced Spotlight searches in the Finder" Macworld 8:07 AM
  • "1 year on with Swift" Amsys 7:54 AM
  • "Try The Unique 'Free' Mac Menubar Calculator That You've Never Used" Mac 360 7:54 AM
  • "Free: Proximity Security For Your Mac And Smartphone" PixoBebo 7:53 AM
  • "How To Type Faster Than You Can Type" Mac 360 7:53 AM
  • "Removing Noise From Low Light Photos Is This Easy" McSolo 7:53 AM
  • "Free: Better Safari Search On A Mac" Mac 360 7:53 AM
Op/Ed
  • "WWDC: OS X 10.11 and iOS 9: K.I.S.S.I.N.G" Computerworld 7:54 AM
Press Releases
  • "SmithMicro Software launches Anime Studio 11 series apps" Architosh 11:17 AM
  • "Typeeto - Turn any Mac into a Bluetooth keyboard for all devices" prMac 7:59 AM
  • "MacItBetter releases BetterZip 3 for OS X" prMac 7:59 AM
  • "Minder Softworks announces strategic partnership, new application" prMac 7:58 AM
  • "Desktop Informant for Mac OS X - Best Alternative to Apple Calendar" prMac 7:58 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Your car is the 'ultimate mobile device', reckons Apple COO" The Register 8:05 AM
  • "Apple Store in Upper East Side of Manhattan Opens June 13" MacRumors 8:08 AM
  • "Queens, NY Apple Store logo appears as Apple announces new Upper East Side store opening Jun. 13" 9to5Mac 4:04 PM
  • "Quebec man fined $120 for using Apple Watch while driving" CTV News 8:00 AM
  • "Man slapped with $120 ticket for using Apple Watch while driving" BGR 7:59 AM
  • "A man just got a pretty hefty fine for using his Apple Watch while driving" Business Insider 8:20 AM
  • "New documentary explores Steve Jobs' 'bitter rivalry' with Bill Gates" Cult of Mac 8:20 AM
  • "Watch Pad & Quill transform a hunk of wood into an elegant Apple Watch stand" Macworld 8:06 AM
  • "Apple Store Adds Same Day Delivery through Postmates in Bay Area" The Mac Observer 5:35 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "Google Takes Maps Offline: Going after 'the next billion users,' the company adds both search and turn-by-turn directions to the much-used app's offline mode" Bloomberg 9:23 PM
  • "The 12 most important announcements from Google I/O 2015: A new Android, smarter apps, and virtual reality" The Verge 5:31 PM
  • "Google may have just won the cloud wars with Google Photos" BGR 2:46 PM
  • "Google Photos offers unlimited storage for mobile and web" Engadget 3:17 PM
  • "Google unveils Android Pay, Android M, IoT OS, unlimited photo/video storage" Seeking Alpha 1:40 PM
  • "Android M embraces USB Type-C, MIDI devices: Charging and audio features join the existing data transfer protocols." Ars Technica 2:44 PM
  • "FCC Proposes Internet Subsidy for Low-Income Users: Government's Lifeline program for phone bills would be expanded to provide broadband access" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 3:18 PM
  • "Adblock Plus wins another court battle against annoyed advertisers" The Inquirer 8:08 AM
  • "Wearables war: Jawbone sues Fitbit for alleged trade secret theft" IDG News Service 8:07 AM
  • "App turns your screen into Mario - Bye work" BBC 7:50 AM
Publications/Podcasts
  • "Justin Miller of Mapbox On Their Mapping Tools for iOS and Web Developers" MacVoices 4:06 PM
  • "TMO Daily Observations 2015-05-28: Target Says Yes to Apple Pay, Hiding Pics in Photos" The Mac Observer 1:39 PM
Hardware/Software
  • "New High-End 15-Inch MacBook Pro Officially Supports Dell's UP2715K 5K Display" iClarified 3:17 PM
  • "New 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro features full support for Dell's 5K display" iMore 3:18 PM
  • "Three of Apple's Patent Filings Come to Light Regarding Display Technologies with one covering a Heads-Up Display" Patently Apple 3:19 PM
  • "Google Places API for iOS now available to all, Maps to add offline search/navigation" 9to5Mac 2:43 PM
  • "Rumor: Force Touch Was Initially Supposed To Be An iPhone 6s Plus Exclusive" G for Games 8:19 AM
  • "Apple working on fix for bug that crashes iPhones with a text message" ZDNet 7:59 AM
  • "Apple Watch charges faster with secret port, but not by much" Engadget 8:01 AM
  • "Here's a faster way to charge your Apple Watch" Cult of Mac 8:20 AM
  • "Apple: Incoming Watch SDK will allow developers to create native apps" The Inquirer 8:08 AM
Apple Patent Applications
  • "Apple invention would let a headphone or other accessory push a GUI to an iOS device" Apple Daily Report 7:55 AM
  • "Apple patent provides iOS device loudness normalization based on your feedback" Apple Daily Report 8:08 AM
AppleCare/Helps
  • "Get help with your iCloud Photo Library: After you turn on iCloud Photo Library, every photo and video you take will live in iCloud. Learn more about how to manage your iCloud Photo Library, find missing photos and videos, and delete the ones you don't want anymore." Apple Support 3:32 PM
  • "Move content from your Android phone to iPhone: Ready to make the switch to iPhone? Here are some tips for moving your photos, music, documents, and more from your Android phone to iPhone." Apple Support 3:32 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Today's Top iPhone /iPad /Mac App Freebies And Price Drops" App Sliced 11:16 AM
  • "Fonta For iPhone Is Temporarily Available For Free (Normally $0.99)" App Sliced 11:16 AM
  • "Simpler Contacts Pro -Smart Address Book Manager For iPhone/iPad Is Free Right Now (Previously $2.99)" App Sliced 11:16 AM
  • "The MacNN Podcast, episode 16: Money (and Touch ID) changes everything" MacNN 8:09 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:44 AM
  • "Mac mini Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:44 AM
  • "MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:44 AM
  • "iTunes 'Limited Time' Movie Bundles: Lord of the Rings for $14.99, Aliens Anthology for $19.99" The Mac Observer 8:18 PM

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Reviews
  • "BEST MacBook Pro versus BEST iMac" Bare Feats 1:39 PM
  • "Battery life tests: Go all day with Apple's Mac laptops" Macworld 8:06 AM
  • "Review: Spigen Apple Watch Stand S330" iLounge 3:34 PM
  • "Stick your phone to the wall with Anti-Gravity Case for iPhone 6 Plus (hands-on)" ZDNet 8:19 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "First look: Pixelmator for iPhone is a feature-packed mobile image editor" AppleInsider 8:07 AM
  • "Hands On: Pixelmator for iPhone 2.0.1" MacNN 8:09 AM
  • "Take task triaging to the next level with Todoist for Apple Watch" iMore 8:18 AM
  • "Todoist Comes to Apple Watch, Updates iOS 8 Extension" MacStories 8:17 AM
  • "Bugshot Relaunches as Pinpoint" MacStories 8:05 AM
  • "Hands On: Til Morning's Light 1.0.1 (iOS, Android)" MacNN 8:09 AM
  • "Appidemic: BADLAND Game of the Year edition for Mac, PC" TechnologyTell 8:19 AM
How-To/Tutorial
  • "How to check stocks on your Apple Watch" iMore 8:20 AM
  • "How to send audio notes with Apple Watch" iMore 8:20 AM
Tips
  • "60 seconds is all it takes to protect your iPhone with encryption – here's how" BGR 3:50 PM
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "Alternatives to iCloud for Photo Storage in the Cloud" The Mac Observer 9:30 PM
  • "A history of Jony Ive at Apple: From consultant to Chief Design Officer"  AppleInsider 2:43 PM
  • "On Jony Ive's Promotion to Chief Design Officer" Daring Fireball 8:19 AM
  • "Jony Ive Was Demoted, Not Promoted, And Other Things Apple" Seeking Alpha 12:40 PM
  • "Another Chink in CurrentC's Armor: Target Wants In-store Apple Pay" The Mac Observer 5:34 PM
  • "A year later, Apple-Beats deal remains a mystery" Cult of Mac 8:22 AM
  • "I survived my first day without my Apple Watch" iDownload Blog 8:20 AM
  • "Here's everything we know about the electric car everyone thinks Apple is building" Business Insider 8:20 AM
  • "What Apple Does Better Than Google, Microsoft, And Samsung" Mac 360 7:54 AM
  • "Apple TV And Streaming TV: They're Coming; But When, And How Much?" Mac 360 7:54 AM
Non-Apple
  • "Why Google's Jump for Cardboard Is a Game Changer" PC Magazine 9:28 PM
  • "How Google Aims to Delve Deeper Into Users' Lives: At annual developers' conference, Google unveils Apple Pay rival and a service to host photos, videos" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 8:21 PM
  • "Whatever happened to Google+? 'We're working on it,' Sundar Pichai says" VentureBeat 7:09 PM
  • "Is Tesla Disruptive?" asymco 7:03 PM
  • "How TIME Explained the Way Computers Work" Time 3:19 PM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Google's Free, Unlimited Google Photos Service Now Available on iOS and Web" MacRumors 6:19 PM
  • "Sensopia introduces MagicMeasure app for iPhone and iPad" Architosh 8:27 PM
  • "Space Harvest II - A challenging Real Time Strategy (RTS) game for iPad" prMac 11:19 AM
  • "Thai Dictionary 12.0 Released with Apple Watch Support" prMac 11:19 AM
  • "Pixelmator: Now Available for iPhone as well as iPad and Mac" eXtensions 11:17 AM
  • "The $25 skin which gives your iPhone 6 an Iron Man overhaul" Cult of Mac 8:22 AM
  • "Amazon adds Bookerly font to Kindle iOS app" CIO 8:21 AM
  • "Amazing Case for the iPhone 6 works even when phone battery is dead" Coolest Gadgets 8:19 AM
  • "Don't replace your Apple Lightning cable, protect it with Klip" TechnologyTell 8:18 AM
  • "Cult-hit browser game Fallen London is coming to iPhone" The Verge 8:08 AM
  • "Moleskine releases a gorgeous, minimalist calendar app for iPhone: And an Apple Watch companion, too" The Verge 7:59 AM
  • "InventiApps launches Guessord - A social game of wits for mobile devices" prMac 7:59 AM
  • "Planet Centauri Kickstarter Launch for PC/Mac/Linux/Xbox/PS4/VITA" prMac 7:59 AM
  • "AppHop 1.5 - Handy App for Developers, Bloggers and Marketers" prMac 7:58 AM
  • "SVALT D Performance Cooling Dock for Apple laptops is now available" prMac 7:58 AM
  • "Rise from Purgatory Now Available on the App Store" prMac 7:58 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Windows 10: Around 1,500 testers at Microsoft are now on build 10130 (plus a few other Stats)" Neowin 7:45 AM
  • "Lenovo Partners with Microsoft to Extend Cortana Capabilities in Windows 10" Thurrott 10:52 AM
  • "Microsoft's new Windows Store policy will combat junk apps" Engadget 7:35 AM
  • "Microsoft Issues Major StorSimple Hybrid Cloud Storage Update" eWeek 7:00 PM
  • "Hewlett-Packard declares $0.176 dividend" Seeking Alpha 7:18 AM
  • "HP launches laptops with Bang & Olufsen audio" IndiaTimes 8:45 AM
  • "AMD brightens up Times Square with 25,000 square foot high-definition display" ZDNet 4:16 PM
  • "AMD details DirectX 12 Multiadapter and Shared Memory" Lazygamer.net 8:45 AM
  • "Future Intel Skylake Xeons could pack up to 28 cores, 6 memory channels" ExtremeTech 9:40 AM
  • "Intel Should Buy Altera And Then You Should Buy Intel" Seeking Alpha 6:22 PM
  • "Oracle Closer to License Fees From Google?" Barron's 8:35 AM
  • "Server sales bolstered by cloud expansions" Computerworld 8:46 AM
  • "IBM pitches analysis software for select industry verticals: Expertise drawn from 50,000 user engagements went into the new IBM software" Computerworld New Zealand 3:02 PM
  • "IBM steps up analytics rollouts for industries" ZDNet 8:19 AM
  • "Lenovo's new Windows 10 tablet to arrive in August: It will also starting selling its own media streaming device called the Lenovo Cast" Computerworld New Zealand 7:23 AM
  • "Lenovo's ThinkPad tablet range to leverage Windows 10 launch" ZDNet 8:19 AM
  • "Lenovo's new laptops are ready to scan your face in Windows 10: The Z51 offers a depth-sensing infrared camera for an optional $100" The Verge 8:24 AM
  • "Lenovo phone features virtual keyboard" BBC 7:21 AM
  • "Lenovo ThinkPad 10: Surface 3 rival boasts Windows 10 and Intel Cherry Trail SoC/Hybrid device will be available later this year from £359" The Inquirer 7:39 AM
  • "Lenovo Launches Motorola's Moto Maker Customization Suite In China" TechCrunch 8:24 AM
  • "Lenovo to launch Moto Maker in China" ZDNet 8:19 AM
  • "Lenovo dreams of dual-screen smartwatches and wacky projector phones: Smart Cast smartphone and Magic View smartwatch go all-in on gimmicks" The Verge 8:23 AM
  • "Lenovo announces dual-screen smartwatch, projector smartphone" ZDNet 7:46 AM
  • "Lenovo shows smartphone that lets users interact with projected content: Both products are concept devices" Computerworld New Zealand 7:34 AM
  • "Lenovo's projector phone beams a touchscreen onto any surface" Engadget 7:34 AM
  • "Lenovo Releases A Media Stream Puck" TechCrunch 8:24 AM
  • "Lenovo unveils a $49 Chromecast competitor" Engadget 7:34 AM
  • "Lenovo takes on Chromecast with own Cast streaming device" Electronista 7:23 AM
  • "Lenovo's 'Magic View' smartwatch concept hides a private display" Engadget 7:35 AM
  • "Lenovo ANZ focus to grow consumer business" ZDNet 8:19 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
Industry News
  • "Stocks Pare Losses as Crude Oil Settles Slightly Higher" TheStreet 2:07 PM
  • "Market Snapshot: U.S. Stock Decline; Nasdaq Retreats From Record Level" Nasdaq 11:20 AM
  • "U.S. stocks lower as Chinese stocks tumble" USA Today 11:20 AM
  • "U.S. Stocks Fall in Wake of Weaker Overseas Markets: Hopes fade of Greece closing in on a deal with its creditors" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 3:22 PM
  • "Asia Markets: China stocks plunge 6.5% after sovereign fund cuts stakes in banks/Chinese stocks fell the most in four months on Thursday, as a selloff swept the financial sector after a unit of China's sovereign-wealth fund reportedly cut its stakes in state-owned banks for the first time." MarketWatch 8:32 AM
  • "Europe Markets: European stocks lose ground on mixed messages over Greece deal/Stocks across Europe fell Thursday, deflated as a reported deal between debt-laden Greece and its creditors hasn't come through, the prospect of which sent shares soaring in the previous session." MarketWatch 8:33 AM

 
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